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Facing Future

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Indie Music and World Music album by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

To gauge the magnitude of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's popularity in his native Hawaii, consider this: following his death in 1997 (at age 38, attributed to his profound obesity), Kamakawiwo'ole's body lay in state in the state capitol, only the second person … see full wiki

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Beautiful music with a wealth of emotion!

  • Sep 22, 2004
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I can't imagine anyone listening to the music of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and not experiencing an almost overwhelming flow of emotions. His voice can be haunting and ethereal, and his music forms a solid bridge between the traditional music of the Hawaiian Islands and that of today.

The best known selection (and if you've ever spent time in Hawaii, the most omnipresent tune) on this CD is his rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. With apologies to Judy Garland, Iz' version should be regarded as the definitive performance of it. But there is more to this collection than Rainbow. A five minute listen of Hawai'i 78 will tug at your heartstrings for its depiction of the effects of change on the islands. And with the substitution of West Maka'a for West Virginia, Iz accomplishes the nearly impossible task of making Take Me Home Country Road something worth listening to once again.

Despite his early death at 38, Iz left such a rich legacy of music that he has to be regarded as one of the most memorable musicians ever recorded. It's tragic that so many of us came to discover Iz after he died. But I'm thankful that at least I can listen to this whenever I want.

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Facing Future
Label: Mountain Apple Company
Genre: World Music, Indie Music
Release Date: September 1, 1993
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